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zanzou
How do you take care of a ferret? What's their temperment? Is it basically like a big guinea pig?

:/ I find googling things like animal care research really unhelpful in these sorts of situations.
HoboPelican
zanzou wrote:
How do you take care of a ferret? What's their temperment? Is it basically like a big guinea pig?

:/ I find googling things like animal care research really unhelpful in these sorts of situations.


Well, its been a while since I had one, but I would say it's more like have a huge kitten. Very active, very inquisitive, very active, pretty smart, very active. Did I mention they are pretty active?

Desslyn, my ferret, was easy to litter train, but we had to cage her at night since she would get into EVERYTHING. Some people have issues with the smell, but it never bothered us. You can have the musk glands removed, but we never did.

She was really good at getting out of her cage, though. Once my Girlfriend stayed over and in the middle of the night Desslyn got out, came upstairs and worked her way under the covers and between us...Oh lord, did my girlfriend scream. Thought a rat had gotten in bed with us...
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Lady_Star
I have two female ferrets and they are just wonderful. They are very active and love to get into everything. When they were babies we had to teach them not to bite... we did this by getting some flavored gel for ferrets at the pet store and putting abit on our fingers for them to lick off. If they tried to bit we were told to make a hard "hhh" sound at them similar to their hiss type sound and it would teach then not to do what they were doing. This worked for us quite well. They are both very well behaved and very loving though full of mischief when out running around. Putting a litter box in with them has tought them to use it when they need to go potty. Mine prefer scoopable little like I use for the cats... Smile

Our ferrets came from Marshall Ferret Farm though we got them from a pet store... here is a link to their website: http://www.marshallpet.com/
There is some really good info there and links to other sites.

Hope this helps and good luck with your ferret.
Annush_K
I have always wanted a ferret, but they're not so easy to get here in Russia. Anyway, I'm still dreaming of one preferably in some years when I move out. Are ferrets behaving good with other pets? I might be having several gundogs by that time and ferrets would better not irritate them xD
Also, are they easy to train? They seem to be very intelligent, at least at first sight :3
HoboPelican
Annush_K wrote:
I have always wanted a ferret, but they're not so easy to get here in Russia. Anyway, I'm still dreaming of one preferably in some years when I move out. Are ferrets behaving good with other pets? I might be having several gundogs by that time and ferrets would better not irritate them xD
Also, are they easy to train? They seem to be very intelligent, at least at first sight :3


I never had one with dogs, so I'll let someone else answer that. However, I had 4 cats and there was no issue at all. The ferret wanted to play with the felines ALL the time. But no fighting, biting or any rough housing. As to training, I had no luck except for it learning to use the litter box. But that seemed to be a natural thing for her.
jwellsy
The Marshal farm ferrets are a good choice.
You want a pet quality ferret,
they try to breed out their undesirable biting habits.

Like any kind of small furry animal, the males bite less than females.
To prove this ask any of your local pet stores if they have any female guine pigs, hamsters, etc.
The vast majority of pets shops will not carry females in stock
due to liabilites from them biting customers.
you can find female ferrets in stores, but stay with a male.
The Marshal ferrets get tatooed on their ear.
One dot for a female, and two dots for a male.

You also want one with their scent glands already removed, and neutered.

You will still be able to smell it, even over cat odors and cigarrette smoke.
Actually they down right stink.
Be ready to clean their cage at least once a week
and give them a bath in the bathtub.

I had an albino male ferret for years that was fantastic.
A few times when I was oversleeping he would get on my bed
and wake me up, he knew I should be getting up.
After a couple of years I got him a female ferret to keep him company.
She was an unpredictable bitch.
very nippy to everyone and never outgrew it.
And they have some very sharp teeth.
He eventually died, and I gave her away after that.

You should plan on having a pretty large cage.
Get a cage as large as you can afford, money and space wise.

Another issue of routine care is to give them regular doses of a hair ball laxative.
It is fairly common for them to develop intestinal blockages.

I am thankful for the time I spent with mine,
but, I dought if I ever get another one.
mainly because of the smell, it's embarassing.
Lady_Star
We have 4 dogs and 9 cats with our 2 ferrets. The ferrets love to play with the cats and the dogs and vise versa. The 2 smaller dogs play with them more than the larger ones (a dalmation and a coon hound). We try not to let the bigger ones play with the ferrets too much bor fear they might accidently hurt them but other than that all the animals are very good together.
zanzou
:D Thanks so much for all the feedback, guys-- though I can't get a ferret for a little while, I'm really looking forward to it when I do... they seem like they're going to be even more fun than I'd thought.

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